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Last chance to protest Bill C-32


By Coxxorz - Posted on 31 January 2011

Ever rip a DVD to put on your iPad or media server? How about unlocking your phone to move to another carrier? If this bill passes, all that will be illegal and more.

This all hinges on the implementation of digital locks, and the media corporations' insistence that even owning circumvention tools should be a criminal act in Canada.

From Michael Geist:
"The foundational principle of the new bill remains that anytime a digital lock is used - whether on books, movies, music, or electronic devices - the lock trumps virtually all other rights. In other words, in the battle between two sets of property rights - those of the intellectual property rights holder and those of the consumer who has purchased the tangible or intangible property - the IP rights holder always wins. This represents market intervention for a particular business model by a government supposedly committed to the free market and it means that the existing fair dealing rights (including research, private study, news reporting, criticism, and review) and the proposed new rights (parody, satire, education, time shifting, format shifting, backup copies) all cease to function effectively so long as the rights holder places a digital lock on their content or device. Moreover, the digital lock approach is not limited to fair dealing - library provisions again include a requirement for digital copies to self-destruct within five days and distance learning teaching provisions require the destruction of materials 30 days after the course concludes. "

Like using your PVR? If this bill passes, it would effectively give the studios the right to delete programs from your PVR without your permission. Assuming they allowed you to record it in the first place.

Enjoy your privacy? Not anymore you won't. Internet Service Providers will be required to monitor your usage, and report suspected infringements. This includes handing over your personal info to the copyright holders in some cases.

January 31 (today!) is the final day to submit your feedback. The CCER has provided this handy form letter that you can personalize, and automatically send to Stephen Harper and the committee.

Graphic courtesy of The Canadian Coalition for Electronic Rights

Swag's picture

but how would they enforce some of this? Like recording a program on your PVR? If you unlock a DVD for your own personal use, how are they going to know (assuming that you had the tools before this law comes into effect)?

Some movies even give you a coupon for a digital copy! What happens with that?

Edit: Sent the letter.

Dark Nightowl's picture

Some broadcasters already use digital flags.

My attempts to record Wallking Dead failed when I used my PVR. I never encountered a recording block prior to that. Boy, was I surprised... And pissed!
I'm paying for cable and I can't even time-shift what I want to watch? What's the point of paying for cable?

Coxxorz's picture

Was there a message of any kind, or did it simply not record the program?

Coxxorz's picture

But if they can monitor your download of copyrighted material, they can see you download the cracking tools too.

And don't even get me started on UBB!

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